- 2h 35min
The legendary Broadway musical classic, filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Sat 5 Dec
Thrown together by life on a military base while their partners serve on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, a group of ordinary women find an unexpected way to raise their spirits and combat the isolating realities of being an army wife. After forming the first ever Military Wives' Choir the women soon find themselves at the center of a media sensation. Featuring Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral), this brilliantly British feel good drama is hard to resist.
Director: Peter Cattaneo Cast: Sharon Horgan, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jason Flemyng, Emma Lowndes Cert: 12A Running time: 1h 53m
Wed 2 Dec
Puccini's first triumph returned to Covent Garden for the first time in 30 years in a new staging by Jonathan Kent, starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. Puccini's publisher tried to prevent him from adapting Abbe Prevost's L'Historie du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut - Massenet had already created a highly successful opera based on the novel. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming 'a woman like Manon can have more than one lover'. Despite a troubled gestation (five librettists were engaged in the project), the premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccini's first major triumph - a hit with both public and critics. Puccini's sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, from Des Grieux and Manon's passionate duet 'Vedete? io son fedele' to the overwhelming desolation of Manon's final aria 'Sola, perduta, abbadonata',
Jonathan Kent - director of The Royal Opera's Tosca - created this production of Manon Lescaut in 2014, THe Royal Opera's first production of the opera in 30 years. Kent find contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, and who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve. Designs by Paul Brown create a harsh environment riven through with societal hypocrisy, in which Manon is trapped by those who will exploit her - and from which the only escape can be death.
Fri 4 Dec
£16 (£13; Students £10 Under 18)
A meeting place for theatregoers travelling from Edinburgh and East Lothian, this friendly mid-sized Musselburgh venue provides a busy programme of visiting drama, dance, music, comedy, children’s theatre, film, workshops and musicals, as well as amateur and community productions. It also produces its own popular pantomime with a strong local flavour. All seats in the modern 300-capacity theatre have a clear, open view of the stage, making it comfortable for everyone and particularly well suited to children. The multi-million pound refurbishment of the main hall upstairs, which seats 500, hosts a variety of concerts including classical music, comedy and dance performances, as well as regular cinema screenings showing new releases, National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House live screenings. The hall, known as venue 1, is also available to hire. The organisation has close relationships with a number of performing arts organisations, not least the resident children's theatre company Catherine Wheels, which works internationally and with local schools. The spacious curved bar serves drinks before the show and during the interval, while the bistro serves snacks and lunches as well as more substantial pre-theatre suppers. Artwork around the theatre by Glasgow-based glass artist Deborah Campbell was created to replicate themes from the Musselburgh Fisherman’s Walk with fish, creels, seaweed and waves incorporated into the design. There is plentiful parking in the surrounding area.
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